Bokakhat (/ˌbkəˈkɑːt/ BOH-kə-KAHT) is a town in Assam and a Municipality Board in Golaghat district in the state of Assam, India. It is about 23 km away from the world heritage site Kaziranga National Park. Bokakhat town is situated almost in the middle of Assam. It is the headquarters of Bokakhat subdivision. The town is base to many nearby tourist places and is well connected to other cities and towns by road. The Kaipho Langso waterfall, an important picnic spot surrounded with magnificent views, lies in Karbi Anglong 13 km away from Bokakhat. Other nearby attractions include the ruins of the ancient Numaligarh and the Deoparbat, the tea gardens of Hatikhuli, Methoni, Diffloo Behora and Borsapori and also the coffee and rubber plantations. The nearest airports are at Jorhat and Guwahati. The nearest railway stations are Badulipar and Furkating.

Bokakhat
Town
Bokakhat town
Bokakhat town
Bokakhat is located in Assam
Bokakhat
Bokakhat
Location in Assam
Bokakhat is located in India
Bokakhat
Bokakhat
Location in India
Coordinates: 26°38′N 93°36′E / 26.63°N 93.6°E / 26.63; 93.6Coordinates: 26°38′N 93°36′E / 26.63°N 93.6°E / 26.63; 93.6
Country India
StateAssam
DistrictGolaghat
Government
 • BodyBokakhat Municipality Board
Elevation
76 m (249 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total8,844
Languages
 • OfficialAssamese
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
785612
Telephone code03776
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS
Vehicle registrationAS 05
Websitewww.bokakhat.gov.in

DemographicsEdit

As of 2011 India census,[1] Bokakhat had a population of 2 Lakhs. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Bokakhat has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 83% and female literacy of 73%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

AttractionsEdit

The main attractions of the area are natural spots, wildlife, temples, historical sites, archaeological remains, monasteries (satras), industries, various festivals, tea gardens, hills, handicrafts, hand loom products, roadside hotels and tourist lodges. Almost all the requirements of modern tourism can be fulfilled by Kaziranga National Park, Kaziranga National Orchid & Bio-Diversity Park, NRL and the Butterfly Garden, boating and sight-seeing of the park by boat, Karbi Anglong, golf court, Oriole Park, Kaipho Langso Waterfalls, Chikan Ata than, Deo Pahar, Kuruabahi Satra, etc.

HistoryEdit

Bokakhat was formerly known as Namdoiang, as it was located far downstream of the river Doiang.

 
Bokakhat is famous for its PEDA / PERA Sweet. In picture: Workers making Peda/Pera at Bokakhat

EducationEdit

Bokakhat area is full of Govt. and Private L.P, M.E and also High Schools with good faculties. Other higher study institutes like J.D.S.G College (Arts & Commerce), C.N.B College (Science) etc. and some private colleges are also located at the town.

TransportEdit

Bokakhat is well connected by roadways. The National Highway 715 passes through Bokakhat.

PoliticsEdit

Bokakhat is part of Kaliabor (Lok Sabha constituency) and Bokakhat is a Rajya sabha constituency.

Bokakhat NewsEdit

Bokakhat News

FestivalsEdit

Being a cosmopolitan town, people of Bokakhat celebrates many Indian festivals from different religions throughout the year. Since, the majority of the population is Assamese, the Bihu is the prime festival of the town. Apart from that, the people celebrates other festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali, Sankardev and Madhavdev tithis, Eid, Christmas, Horinam Sankirtan very well. Communities in Bokakhat are Assamese, Bengali, Bihari, Marwari, Sikh, Jain, Nepali, Etc.

 
Diwali-night-at-Bokakhat

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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